Sunday, April 25, 2010


I had a sudden thought last night.

One of those simple thoughts that feels “uncomfortable”:

what kills creativity in the human being?

Creativity is pulled down every day of our life, and this is a non recognized crime.

It is the society’s crime based on the principles or pillars of “what is to be done, what is good to do”.
So, our society provides us with pre-built paths of life, which are, according to the common sense, the good ones to follow.

We want for our kids an “established” life, because this is the safest way to go to pay bills, to afford “good education”, to buy a house, to get married, to have a stable job. In all this, we never take care of mind and feelings.

We do not teach our kids how to focus on happiness and how to be a fulfilled being. When we recognize a talent in our child, we immediately put it on a competition level. The child must be no.1!
Then, we just teach them what we were taught. We lack trust in them and we can destroy easily their freedom to express themselves and self-esteem.

So there is no evolution. And worse, we kill the Artist Child in each of us from early age.

Creativity for me, as a broad meaning; I believe we are all creative beings as creativity resides in our Inner Self. We create life, we create our reality, paintings, photos, poems, problems and their solutions. We create every single instant of our life, creativity is a synonym of Life. The thing is that most of us do not acknowledge this power, so it exists like a dormant force, or a negative pole into our daily routine.

And enthusiasm dies. Biologically enthusiasm cannot die before 70 years of age but researches have shown that nowadays it dies at 15 years of age. We have depressed teen agers who will turn into stressed and unsatisfied adults, who will most probably develop some kind of disease sometimes in their lives.

Good to know. But who really knows?

Some people wake up at a certain stage of their life, I am one of those. What we usually do is to deny what makes us happy if it does not “match” with the general rules of society. So we give up writing because it is impossible to publish, we give up painting because it does not pay the school, we give up dancing because it is time to get married and on and on the list can be long.

How many of us are living the lives they really wanted to live? Just because we do not believe in the power of creativity anymore.

We are creative Beings. No one is deprived of creativity, but most of us build up the conviction that we are not.

I like to quote the BASIC PRINCIPLES OF CREATIVITY according to Julia Cameron:

  1. · Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy, pure creative energy.
  2. · There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life, including ourselves.
  3. · When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator’s creativity in within us and our lives.
  4. · We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.
  5. · Creativity is God’s gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.
  6. · When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity, we open ourselves to God: good orderly direction.
  7. · As we open our creative channel to the creator, many gentle but powerful changes are to be expected.
  8. · It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity.
  9. · Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let’s fly high.




  1. What a really inspiring post, Lorenza! Love it!!
    Great topic-great quotes and perspective. I totally agree with your thoughts. You have set it up very well. We must try to do anything is possible in order to boost our children's creativity. That's essential.
    Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm. There's room for everybody on the planet to be creative.
    And as Pablo Picasso said, All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
    Thanks for the reminding!

    Betty xx

  2. And Picasso was, by the way, very wise...
    Thanks for your comment, always so precious!


  3. A beautifully inspiring post... I must echo Betty's words. It's true that we're often held in by the constraints of the "norms", and we end up killing the most beautiful part of ourselves... our Inner Self. Norms are fine, but we shouldn't all just conform blindly. There has to be space for us to dance a little... otherwise, we just die inside. Thanks for the beautiful post, Lorenza. There's always something positive coming from your direction. "Pure Energy" indeed!


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  5. Great post Lorenza. Creativity is God's gift to everyone, everyone can be dancer, can be a painter, can write but sometimes the problem lies with the person himself. Some parents suppresses their child's talent when they know that it won't make the child financially stable in the future,instead of helping the child enhance it and that's very sad. They just don't understand how a happy a child feels when he or she can express his creativity.

    You know...I didn't know that I can do creative writing and that's according to my friends. It makes me feel good whenever I wrote about what I think and feel about something. I can make them laugh, cry and all of the things that I write comes straight from the heart.



  6. NEVINE, AL: We develop what Julia Cameron call the Censor (the criticizing ME), which is our left brain, where the intellect and the ego reside. Unfortunately as you both say, we develop it because of our upbringing in family and school. I find, purely in the blogging world, that there are so many talented people and for each of us , this way is the right one.
    We will not all publish, but I truly believe we are all Artists.


  7. I would suggest that the norms give us the freedom to be creative. That is, if I have food, shelter and a loving family, I'm not stressed out and can find the time and energy to be creative. The norms that I'm familiar with - living debt-free, having a valuable skill to earn a living, practicing self-denial - all contribute to less stress in your life. I love the embrace of creativity, but I think you do an injustice to the norms that allow it.


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